“A Monster Calls” author Patrick Ness has revealed that newcomer Lewis MacDougall will lead the Juan Antonio Bayona-directed adaptation of his award-winning children’s novel.
The 2011 fantasy novel, which is based on an idea by the late author Siobhan Dowd, follows a 13-year-old boy named Conor O’Malley (MacDougall), whose way of dealing with his problems in life — which include bullying from his peers and his mother (Felicity Jones) dying of cancer — is to escape into a fantasy world with the help of a yew tree monster (Liam Neeson) that visits him at night.
Along with the aforementioned names, Sigourney Weaver is also on board to play Conor’s grandmother from England, while Toby Kebell will play the boy’s estranged father from America. Filming is already underway for an October 14, 2016 release date.
The films marks MacDougall’s second feature. He will next be seen as Nibs alongside Levi Miller’s Peter Pan and Hugh Jackman’s Blackbeard in Joe Wright’s “Pan,” which is due on July 17, 2015.